Niagara Gazette — Jewel Kilcher’s debut album “Pieces of You,” appeared on the scene in 1995 when the singer was just 21 years old, and within two years the album sold an impressive 12 million copies in the United States alone. To put that into perspective, that is more than Taylor Swift’s first two albums combined total, and Swift’s bestselling album only sold half of what Jewel’s debut did.
The singer-songwriter will be coming to the Seneca Niagara Casino is support of her recently released “Greatest Hits” album. Unlike many artists, Jewel will not be working with a standard set list; instead she will be taking requests from the audience.
“I like to read the crowd, that’s what fun about being a musician; I have written over 500 songs and my fans know them all. They like to shout out unusual ones, but I make sure I get through all the hits,” Jewel said during a recent phone interview.
Each show is unique and is recorded and available for purchase after the performance.
Jewel’s “Greatest Hits” showcases the evolution of one of popular music’s greatest songwriters. In the years since her debut, Jewel has amassed a diverse body of work in styles as varied as folk, pop, country and children’s lullabies.
“The songs are sequenced chronologically to show my body of work and the progression and evolution as an artist. It starts with the first song I wrote, ‘Who Will Save Your Soul,’ which I wrote when I was 16, and ends with the last song I wrote, “Two Hearts Breaking,” which I wrote when I was releasing the record,” she noted.
One of the many highlights on the album is a duet of “Foolish Games” with Kelly Clarkson. The vocal performances from both artists are fantastic.
“It was great to work with Kelly Clarkson and it was sweet to hear that I had been one of her influences. She told me she performed ‘Foolish Games’ at a bunch of talent shows when she was growing up.”